Musical Monday- Don’t Sing Along Challenge

So you may have seen some of the “Don’t Sing Along Challenges” pop up on facebook and YouTube, so I decided it would be fun to participate in a Disney Version.  Feel free to play along, and let me know how you did in the comments!

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Musical Monday- Disney Song Challenge

Alright for today’s Musical Monday I decided to do something a little different!  I took one of the Disney song challenges on YouTube!  I didn’t do too bad!  There were only a few songs that tripped me up!  If you want to play along and keeps score here is the original link.  Watch it first and then watch mine to compare how you did!

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Mouskaholic taking the challenge-

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Musical Monday- Go the Distance

 

Today’s Musical Monday goes all the way back to 1997 with the movie Hercules.  I’ve always been a fan of the this classic Disney film.  In fact, it comes in as #5 on My Top 10 Disney Animated Films list.  As I mention in that previous blog post, Hercules has made the top 10 list for 2 reasons; 1) my love of greek mythology, and 2) for the music!!!! My absolute favorite song from the movie (and quite possibly one of my favorite Disney songs ever) is “Go the Distance.”  This stunning arrangement features two pianos and the talents of Shawn Hook and Kurt Hugo Schneider.  Enjoy this week’s Musical Monday!

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Musical Monday- Nick Pitera “How Far I’ll Go”

I’ll admit, I was late to the Moana obsession.  I didn’t watch the movie until it was out on DVD, but when I watched it I absolutely adored it!  Not only is the music exceptional, some of it was written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, (composer of the Tony Award Winning musical- Hamilton) who I am completely enamored with.  In all honesty, I listened to the soundtrack for about 2 weeks straight because I enjoyed it so much! While there are many catchy tunes from the movie (You’re Welcome and Shiny are the two that stick out in my mind) the song most central to the story of Moana’s journey is “How Far I’ll Go.”  So for today’s Musical Monday I present Nick Pitera’s cover of the song.

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Musical Monday- Remember Me – Acapella

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Today’s “Musical Monday” comes from the Pixar movie Coco.  I saw this movie over Christmas break with my two Godsons and I was absolutely hooked!  Coco is definitely one of my new favorites!  Of course the storyline and music were fantastic, but to me the music was absolutely stirring!  I stumbled across this acapella cover of the movie’s central song- “Remember Me” and fell in love with it!  Enjoy

 

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Musical Monday- Disney Halloween Mashup (featuring Voctave)

Okay, I ran across this little gem back in June and have been saving it for a Monday in October!

Jon Cozart is a YouTuber, gaining fame from his video “After Ever After” (a Disney parody) on his YouTube channel “Paint.”  For this video he combined his already stunning vocal talents with the seasoned vocal talents of Voctave!  For this Halloween mashup they combined “Grim Grinning Ghosts” (written by the Buddy Baker) from the Haunted Mansion and “This is Halloween” (written by Danny Elfman) from The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Enjoy this fabulous mash up from some of my all time favorite YouTubers 🙂

 

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Musical Monday- Star Wars Medley

If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time (regardless of my frequent hiatuses), you’ll know that when I post a “Musical Monday” that I rarely post a plain video.  I like to find ones out there are unique and by YouTubers with true talent.  Today I’d like to highlight an awesome video of a Star Wars Medley that is played in an uncommon way… On PVC pipes.  To me this is YouTube meets Blue Man Group, meets Star Wars.

If you’re interested, check out his other videos, he really is talented 🙂

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Musical Monday- “Evolution of Disney” with Todrick Hall

Oooh do I love Todrick Hall!  He’s gained his popularity as a YouTuber, and many of his videos are disney themed… some are more appropriate (family friendly) than others lol!  “Evolution of Disney” is definitely one of his family friendly works.

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In watching his “Evolution of Disney” video, I definitely enjoyed the musical arrangements and quality of the performance.  One slight detail that bothered me is that not all of the music is 100% chronological order of movie/show release date (and it really is in order for the most part…) .  While this bothers me in the “evolution” sense, as a musician, I understand for arrangement purposes why some of the music is out of order.

Enjoy- Todrick Hall’s “Evolution of Disney”

Below is the list and order of the movies/shows that the music is from (pretty proud… I knew all but 2 of the songs!)

Steamboat Willie (1928)

Snow White (1937)

Pinocchio (1940)

Dumbo (1941)

Cinderella (1950)

Alice in Wonderland (1951)

Peter Pan (1953)

Lady and the Tramp (1955)

Sleeping Beauty (1959)

101 Dalmatians (1961)

Mary Poppins (1964)

The Jungle Book (1967)

Aristocats (1970)

Oliver and Company (1988)

The Little Mermaid (1989)

Beauty and the Beast (1991)

Aladdin (1992)

The Lion King (1994)

Hocus Pocus (1993)

A Goofy Movie (1995)

Pocahontas (1995)

Toy Story (1995)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

Hercules (1997)

Mulan (1998)

Tarzan (1999)

High School Musical (2006)

Zenon Girl of the 21st Century (1999)

Hannah Montana (2009)

Cheetah Girls (2003)

That’s so Raven (2003)

Enchanted (2007)

The Princess and the Frog (2009)

Frozen (2013)

Song of the South (1946)

Tangled (2010)

The Wonderful World of Color (1954)

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Musical Monday- “One Man Newsies”

So, I’ve been putting off posting my top ten live action Disney movies for a while because there are so many great movies.  One that is for sure in my top 10 is the musical “Newsies.”  I have always enjoyed the movie, and a few year ago my best friend took me to see the musical in Cleveland for my birthday, and it was terrific seeing it live!

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The music for the 1992 movie was written by Alan Menken (He also wrote for The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Pocahontas, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Enchanted, and Tangled… can we say DISNEY LEGEND!!!).  The movie was adapted nearly 20 years later and released as a stage musical in 2011, and hit broadway in 2012.

The famous YouTuber, Nick Pitera, put together his own tribute to the amazing music from the Newsies.  His fame comes from not only his amazing vocal range, but his creative and unique videos in which he does ALL of the parts, yes even the female roles!  (He records multiple times with him singing different parts and then combines it for one amazing video!)  So without further ado, I give you- “One Man Newsies”

If you enjoyed this video check out this past “Musical Monday” post, where he does “One Man Disney Movie”

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Musical Monday- “Try Everything” Cover by Home Free

I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love the 2016 Disney Animated Movie “Zootopia.”  I thought that it had a great message about diversity, and about following your dreams.  In addition to the movie being great, I loved the MUSIC!  The character “Gazelle” is a pop star (and rights activist) in the animal world.  Her character was voiced by Shakira, and the big song from the movie was called “Try Everything.”  I love the rhythm, and the catchy melody for the song, as well as the animation that accompany’s it at the end of the movie.

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Today’s Musical Monday clip is by a country A Capella group called Home Free.  Home Free got their start on NBC’s show “The Sing Off.”  They were the winners of the show’s fourth season, and have gained great success with their original songs and covers.  Here is their cover of Shakira’s “Try Everything”

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